The Jews are an ethnoreligious group originating from the Israelites, or Hebrews, in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in the part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel.
Jews can be people who were born to a Jewish family (matrilineal descent), regardless of whether or not they follow the religion, or people without any Jewish ancestral background who have formally converted to Judaism. The worldwide Jewish population reached a peak of 16.7 million prior to World War II, but approximately 6 million Jews were systematically murdered during the Holocaust conducted by Nazi Germany. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Jews.
The arrival of Greek Patriarch Theophilos III in Bethlehem was the center of a protest against church land sales to Jewish groups. Some townships had called for a boycott of the midnight mass attended by the patriarch.
The former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany says Jewish life is only possible with police protection. She claims the threat comes from the center of German society and says the government needs to act.
An Argentinian judge has found that prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered in 2015. Nisman was found with a gunshot to the head days after accusing top officials of a cover-up around the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.
Germany's interior minister has joined the chorus of politicians expressing concern over the burning of Israeli flags in Berlin. Germany's Central Council of Jews has been calling for an anti-Semitism commissioner.
On this week's show, we take a look at the contested status of Jerusalem. Against the backdrop of anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli street protests in Berlin, we also look into a disturbing long-term study on anti-semitism in Germany. Plus we introduce you to a Siemens worker in Berlin who will be forced to make some radical cuts for himself and his family after the company announced major job cuts.
You would think that being Muslim isn't easy in the US these days but it actually can provide plenty of fodder for a rising comedian, especially after immigrating to the United States a year and a half ago. But that's just where the jokes begin for Palestinian-Canadian Eman El-husseini, who is also a lesbian - and who happens to have a Jewish wife.
Germany is home to an estimated 100,000 Jews, who, as studies show, still experience verbal or physical anti-Semitic attacks on a daily basis. Professor Monika Schwarz-Friesel, a leading anti-Semitism researcher at Berlin's Technical University, found that the amount of anti-semitic content has tripled in the past deacde. In an interview, she discusses her findings and their implications.
US President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked global outcry and fears of regional unrest. The status of Jerusalem, a city considered holy by Christians, Jews and Muslims, is perhaps the most sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In an interview, DW correspondent Irris Makler discusses how great the risk of a new intifada is.
On today's programme: The EU remains firm on its stance on Jerusalem - Which way will Catalonia vote in the upcoming election? - France introduces drones to catch dangerous drivers - A hitch for gay marriage in Greece - Homelessness in Germany - The Iraqi refugee who doesn’t want to leave Serbia - Migrants adapt to Glaswegian life – Looking for work on the Bus to Go.
Sigmar Gabriel has said Germany has a special role in fighting anti-Semitism. While official statistics attribute most such crimes to right-wing extremists, a new study argues anti-Semitism is widespread among refugees.